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7 HEAT-LOVING FLOWERS

The following sun-loving, heat-tolerant blooms look great spring through fall no matter how sticky and hot the weather gets.

Plant the right flowers now to keep your garden gorgeous all summer long, even during the long, hot days.


7 HEAT-LOVING FLOWERS

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1. Mandevilla

Mandevilla’s big, bold flowers bloom in shades of pink, red and white, blooming prolifically in early summer and again in autumn. You’ll even find flowers when the plant is small. Mandevilla vines can get burned in direct, full sunlight, so plant in part shade and well-draining soil. The foliage, not as lush as other vines, makes it a good choice for mailboxes and lampposts. Mandevilla vines can grow up to two feet long.

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2. Lavender

Worth growing for their relaxing scent alone, lavender also withstands the heat. Line pathways and surround benches with lavender to create a peaceful atmosphere. Lavender grows 12 to 36 inches tall.

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3. Geranium

These popular flowers are easy-to-care for and can grow indoors or out. Look for heat-tolerant varieties and plant in full-sun. Geraniums can be dug up in fall and brought inside to enjoy all winter. Geraniums grow 12 to 36 inches tall.

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4. Penta

The sparkling star-shaped red, pink or white flower clusters are a favorite of butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. This tender perennial thrives on warmth and will bloom nonstop all summer when given a little care. Pentas grow 12 to 36 inches tall.

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5. Scaevola

Scaevola, or fan flowers, bloom all summer in shades of blue, white and pink. The plant requires warm weather, full-sun, good drainage and aeration. Scaevolas grow eight to 10 inches tall.

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6. Begonia

Growing begonias is about as easy as it gets. With almost 2,000 varieties, the color choices are endless. They like heat, but do best in light shade and when kept well-watered. Begonias are heavy feeders, so give them plenty of fertilizer. Use in containers along entryways, porches and patios. Begonias grow six to 36 inches tall.

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7. Cuphea

With its bright flowers, Cuphea is a hummingbird magnet. This southern annual, known also as Mexican Heather, is adapted to hot, full sun and likes dry conditions. This easy-to-grow and low-maintenance plant works great as a ‘spiller’ in containers. Cupheas grow 18 to 28 inches tall.

Source: Garden Club at Home Depot

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